Liverpool Post and Mercury report




Everton won their first game of the season at Goodison Park, The only goal of the contest was scored by O'Donnell after fifty-five minutes' play, and it was sufficient to enable Everton to break their long spell of abortive efforts. There have been many better games between Everton and Liverpool, and the play has been more constructive and satisfying. It might truthfully be said that Saturday's game was far below the average in point of skill and interest, and for this Everton cannot afford to rest satisfied with their display. They may obtain a measure of contentment at having turned the corner, but it was a convincing win, because Liverpool played much below their normal form. The standard of play, taking the game as a whole, was poor. True, there were times notably in the first half, when both sides played with Great Spirit and earnestness, but the contest was never brilliant. It was often ragged and disjointed, and lacking in the finer points of the game.


Both sides missed fine scoring chances as for instance, when Chambers lobbed the ball over the bar in the first half from a position that seemed to offer a great chance, and again when Bain was given the ball near the Liverpool goal only to shoot wide. Similar chances never came in the second half as after Everton scored they played for safely and the Liverpool forwards were not able to formulate a decent attack. Liverpool did certainly get the ball into the net, but Forshaw had the misfortune to be thrown forward and he touched the ball with his hand just as it was crossing the Everton goal line, the point being disallowed. Baker did his work well in the Everton goal. He was several times under severe pressure, but he was confident all through. Riley on the other hand was not as sound as usual. He did not make any serious mistakes although he appeared rather slow in making an effort to stop the shot that beat him.


The injury the kept Raitt out of the game had at least one good point for Everton. It gave Kerr an opportunity to display his ability, and he was certainly a success. Keen and smart on the ball, he never hesitated to tackle and used the ball well. McDonald was not so certain. Both Lucas and Longworth were serviceable backs, with Longworth little inferior to the Liverpool captain. At half-back Everton held the advantage. Hart was good in defence, and with useful touches kept the forwards well supplied with good openings. Brown too did good work, but Virr was variable. The Liverpool halves were weak and did not support the forwards as they had a right to expect, Shears being the best of a poor line. It was this weakness that played such an important part in Liverpool's fortunes, especially in the second half. Edmed for instance was rarely given the ball and Hodgson was slow and ineffective compared to what he can be. Forshaw was too well held to be often dangerous. Hopkins was the best of the line with Chambers a good second.


Everton have not yet solved their forward troubles. The line as constituted on Saturday did not blend effectively. There was plenty of hard honest efforts, but little cohesion. Parker had his limitations, Irvine was trustful, and often clever, but Bain, hard as he tried, was not a successful leader. Troup put across some capital centres, and his elusiveness helped him to make useful raids, while O'Donnell, although inclined to leave his position, was a splendid worker. Teams : - Everton: - B. Howard Baker, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Parker, Irvine Bain, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal, Lucas (captain), and Longworth, backs, Shears, Cockburn, and Bromilow, half-backs, Edmed, Hodgson, Forshaw, Chambers, and Hopkin, forwards.

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